1997 Tausend Scherben - Die Grosse Baustelle (Thousand shards - The large Construction site)
With Xu Lu Jing und Familie, Du Hai, Chen Feng, Liu Shulan, Chen Xiaoling, Jiang Shi Hiong, Zhang Hua Xun, Fu Si, Xie Ting Kui, Bao Gen Hai, Dian Xie Lian, Wang Hannuo u.v.a.
Run time 136’Producer Lutz MommartzProduction Company MommartzfilmAudio/Visual sound, colorLanguage international, germanContact Information www.mommartzfilm.com
As throug a trip with a Chinese student by an unexpected event a portait of China arises.
Preamble of "Thoudend shards":
Xu Lu Jing wanted to go to Germany. In a booklet he had discovered a flaw: The Art Academy Münster. It became his loophole. Although I was convinced that it was not about art, I let him come. Right from the beginning he raved about the cooperation between our countries. In China he had already shot 70 films. In Germany, he earned his life with the sale of shackles and ship chains. Our students he did not take seriously. So these also did not accept him. He made Me a "friend for a hundred years". For a month he carried me through large parts of the People's Republic with the help of two interpreters. He arranged screenings of my films on video in the Association of filmmakers, in front of students of the Beijing Television and Film Academy and arranged the visit of Cinecitta in Beijing
He gave me an insight view into the professional lives of his friends and his acquaintances, in factories, apartments and tourist highlights.
Tired from the trip, I fell on the hotel bed. In my ears a beguiling music like a thousand bells or broken shards in the wind. I jumped up and look down from the 8th floor: Countless workers carved with iron bars and axes like a thousand years ago a huge foundation in the rock, day and night.
My Hi8 cheered: The most beautiful sounds - the hardest work.
In this way I had the first idea for a film about my journey through the People's Republic of China. Above all the film floats the sound of the work from the large construction site in Chongquing.
The Lutz Mommartz Film Archive is a collection of the film works of German film-maker Lutz Mommartz, considered to be one of the pioneers in the film genre known as the "other cinema". Mommartz was born in Erkelenz in 1934 and spent most of his life in Dusseldorf. He began making movies in 1967 and eventually became Professor of Film at the Kunstakademie Munster. He still lives and works in Germany, dividing his time between Dusseldorf and Berlin.